This was a strange series, wasn't it? Low-scoring, sloppily-played, included arguably the Yankees' worst team game of the season in the opener, and somehow they walk out of it winning 3 out of 4 and improving their post-ASB record to 6-1.
It was another patchwork lineup today, this one featuring Jacoby Ellsbury hitting 1st, Brett Gardner 2nd, Chase Headley 5th, Brian Roberts 6th, and Francisco Cervelli 8th. Texas starter Colby Lewis held them at bay through the first 3 innings and did so without giving up a hit. Then the lineup turned over and the Yankee hitters started getting hip to his game. Either that or he remembered that he's Colby Lewis and he's terrible. Gardner doubled to lead off the 4th and scored on Headley's 2-out single to get the Yanks on the board. In the 5th, a pair of walks (by Ichiro and Ellsbury) were cashed in by a Cervelli double and a Gardner sac fly to make it 3-1 New York.
That 1 was courtesy of a trio of singles by the Rangers in the 3rd off Yankee starter Brandon McCarthy. That was all they would get against him, although he was hardly as sharp or efficient as he was in his previous 2 outings. He walked 2, struck out 5, didn't have the command of his sinker or cutter, and need 109 pitches to complete 6 innings. But 6 innings of 1-run ball is is still 6 innings of 1-run ball. They don't count the style points, although maybe that should be a new sabermetric stat to accurately grade performance based on opposing lineup strength.
The 3-4 hitting tandem of Carlos Beltran and "Brian McCann, Backup First Baseman" produced an insurance run in the 8th on a Beltran single and a Big Mac ribbie double to left. Joe had his 3 bullpen hosses lined up and they held the lead and preserved the win. A solo HR by J.P. Arencibia off Adam Warren in the 7th was the only blemish.
- Today's win and the last week's 6-1 run have gotten the Bombers back to .500 at home. They're now 24-24 at The Stadium this season.
- That's exactly 1 hit for Headley in each of his first 3 games as a Yankee.
- Give a call to Frankie. Dude went 5-14 with 3 doubles, 2 R scored, and 1 RBI in the series. Another week or 2 of this hot hitting and he'll be ready for another pulled muscle.
- First HR Warren has allowed since June 3rd against the A's and only the 3rd he's allowed this season.
- D-Rob has picked up right where he left off before the ASB. Given up 1 run since June 1st. Any thoughts on this, Teddy KGB?